Monday, June 17, 2013

2013 Season Countdown: #73 Khalid Hill

Let's have another debate about which actor he resembles and/or how old he looks:
Khalid Hill (left) with Jake Butt and Jaron Dukes.
Name: Khalid Hill
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 235 lbs.
High school: Detroit (MI) Crockett
Position: Tight end
Class: Freshman
Jersey number: N/A
Last year: Hill was a senior in high school. I gave him a TTB Rating of 60.

Hill was a bit of a surprise offer and committed in February 2012. Michigan's coaching staff offered him as a U-back, the "move" tight end/fullback that guys like Devin Funchess, Ian Bunting, etc. play or will play. He's built a little differently than those guys, though. Shorter and stockier, he's perhaps a bit more pass-catching fullback than traditional tight end. Think Larry Centers or Keith Byars, the latter of whom went to Ohio State, so forget I said that.

I could see Hill's season going either way - a redshirt or some time as a backup. He didn't enroll early, but he's already stout enough to hold his own in limited time. As a pass catcher, he's more advanced than Michigan's fullback options (Joe Kerridge, Sione Houma) but less so than Funchess. I think Michigan can find a small role for him this season, get him a little experience, and have a wide array of tight end/U-back/fullback options in 2014 and beyond.

Prediction: Backup U-back


  1. I am always hoping they use Hill like Bama did with Smellie, they are about the same size and athleticism. Smellie was quite a weapon in sever situations and a problem for defenses. Thunder, do you think he compares?

  2. I don't know if the coaches knew the recruiting success they were going to have with accepting a commitment from Hill so early in the process. Maybe they wanted to get the ball rolling, I don't know, but I don't think he should have ever been offered in the first place.

    1. You'd think 2012 would have given them a decent clue (on success, that is).

  3. I love Hill. Watch the film. He has Big Ten size, has good hands and can run well. Can a db cover him out of the backfield? He roll over him. Great offer.

    It is amazing how many fans just think everyone should be a 1st round pick projected to the NFL rather than a team with some role players.

    1. He'd be covered by a LB generally, so the question to ask will be if a LB can cover him effectively. If he can block effectively, he should be pretty useful in a pass catching FB type role.

  4. I am fairly confident that Hill finds a niche in the offense... more confident than with Shallman. He has demonstrated good receiving skills for a thick guy. I think he has the ability to give defenses some problems either from te or fb.

  5. He doesn't have great measurables, but sure seems like a gamer. He was a main target for Shane Morris during those 7 on 7 tournaments. Kid has great hands and finds a way to get open.

    Drew Dileo and Jeremy Gallon would not be offered in 2013, but they are gamers who max out their talent. Hope Hill is the same.

  6. Guessing he red shirts with the other H-back options we have but like you said - it could go either way with him.

    I wonder if his fate is tied somewhat to Morris, with whom he seems to have a nice chemistry.